Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

He's Our River Ratbag

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

He's Our River Ratbag

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Byline: Bruce Mckean bruce.mckean@dailymercury.com.au

MACKAY driver Russell Lahiff is a star on the internet for all the wrong reasons - taking a four-wheel-drive across a flooded river, while towing a boat, and with a 13-year-old passenger.

Lahiff, 25, was photographed taking his Landcruiser utility across the flooded Condamine River at Murray's Bridge, near Warwick, on January 5 this year.

The pictures are now on Microsoft powerpoint on the internet on a site titled: When wankers and H20 combine.

There was a road closed sign up at the time, warning drivers away from going across the river.

Lahiff drove in while towing a boat.

The water level reached the height of the dashboard and was lapping the windscreen. The current was swift and strong. The boat "floated" several times, lifting up the trailer and turning side-on to the car.

The width of the river was about 150 metres and Lahiff had no idea if the road was still under him. …

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